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15 Aug 2017 description

Situation

  • Due to the lingering effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced drought and poor October-to-December 2016 and March-to-June 2017 rainy seasons, an estimated 8.5 million people in Ethiopia require relief food assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This is in addition to 8 million chronically food insecure people who receive food or cash assistance through the Government of Ethiopia (GoE)-led Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP).

05 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Increased attacks on humanitarian personnel and property hinder humanitarian access

  • UN registers nearly 1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

  • WFP provides emergency food assistance to 3.4 million people in South Sudan

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• HAC revises NGO hiring procedures • UNSC extends UNAMID mandate through June 2018

• Humanitarian actors report critical nutrition conditions in Jebel Marra

• Flooding in North and South Darfur affects approximately 10,600 people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dire food insecurity persists despite UN removal of Famine designation in Unity

  • Approximately 6 million people projected to be severely food insecure in July

  • USG announces $199 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the South Sudan response

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Jun 2017 description

Celebrating Ramadan in Zam Zam Camp, North Darfur

“I pray for peace to return to our village so we can visit and celebrate Ramadan there.”

May 2017—As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approaches, Khadija Abdallah Aboh prepares to observe the holiday with her family in Zam Zam Camp in North Darfur, Sudan. Aboh first moved to the camp over 12 years ago, fleeing violence in her village elsewhere in Darfur. While she intended to stay in the camp temporarily, ongoing violence and insecurity have prevented her return for more than a decade.

02 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food security moderately improves, though acute levels persist in areas of Jebel Marra and South Kordofan

  • USG delegation travels to North Darfur in late April

  • UN launches 2017 HRP for Sudan

  • UNSC extends UNISFA mandate in Abyei Area through November 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ongoing violence displaces an additional 200,000 people in April

  • Health actors report suspected cholera cases in Aburoc

  • USG announces $142 million in new humanitarian assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Violence across South Sudan displaced an additional 200,000 people in April, increasing the total number of displaced people to 3.8 million, including 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 1.8 million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.

09 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• High-level USG delegations visit South Sudan

• Violent clashes prompt internal displacement, additional refugees

• Insecurity results in temporary suspension of relief operations

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

08 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Armed actors ambush humanitarian convoy, killing six aid workers

  • GoRSS suspends proposed international worker fee increase

  • GoS opens new humanitarian corridor from Sudan to South Sudan

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Above-average harvest reduces food insecurity levels across Sudan

• GoS implements revised humanitarian directives to facilitate relief operations

• Humanitarian actors report improved access in Jebel Marra region

• Relief agencies coordinate to support influx of South Sudanese refugees

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Famine declared in two counties in South Sudan’s Unity State

  • UN calls for improved humanitarian access amid ongoing insecurity

  • Health actors record more than 5,300 suspected cholera cases

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.